DTA's IRONMAN and Drake's CFO is Training for his 5th Race!

He's back at it again this year!

The Dental Trade Alliance featured our CFO, Robert Savage Jr., in a well-written tribute article about his IRONMAN journeys.

In the article, he mentions overcoming mental and physical barriers while training for and participating in the race. 
It's encompassing the idea of what he believes in - what the DTA is all about.
By showing discipline; by overcoming barriers, we can raise awareness and improve access to oral and overall health to those in need - no matter the struggle or difficulty!
"This year my goal is to raise $10,000 for the DTAF so that they can provide these scholarships to Dental School candidates who exemplify a commitment to community service to others and fulfill the mission of the DTAF Scholarship program.  Please help me reach my goal.  I am 4 weeks away from race day and need your support.  Donations can be made through the below link."   👇👇👇👇👇👇

Care for your pet's teeth too!

While it is best to begin home dental care when your puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age, it is never too late! The daily brushing process should be pleasant for both you and your pet!Many pets enjoy the added attention and many owners look forward to the close quality time spent with their companion animal.
The supplies you need are a finger or a soft bristled tooth brush and pet toothpaste.Most animals will accept brushing very well if they are introduced to the procedure in a calm and patient way.The best way is as follows: Day 1: Gently pet and scratch the muzzle, slowly lifting the lip for about 30 seconds.Reward with a treat at the end of the session. You can even give a taste of a flavored pet toothpaste.We recommend CET brand chicken flavored toothpaste! Day 2: Repeat as above, except gently run your finger over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds.Reward and praise again. Day 3: Repeat Day 2, adding 15 seconds time running your finger ov…

Give us the scoop!

You know those relationships that end with "It's not you, it's me". 
Well, what if it is you?

Seems a likely choice to look yourself square in the eye and head back to the drawing board for some changes. Or maybe you figure that whatever didn't work out just wasn't a good fit, and you accept it as it is.

Either way, to know is to understand. So, we must have the scoop!
At work, our customers (or at home, our friends and family) are usually our best shot at giving us some sort of perspective. You can trust your customers' opinions to be mostly accurate based on actual experience, and you have the chance to engage in conversations via the convenience of reoccurred crossed paths. 

So what about the opinions of strangers?
As business owners and entrepreneurs, it's likely that this percentage is a heck of a lot larger than that of our current customers. So there goes that theory we learned as kids telling us not to worry about the opinions of strangers...
If they…

Are you TAP(ping) into sleep?

The Science of Sleep is not just a surrealistic science fantasy movie from the early 2000s! Its the process of studying what happens to your body when you aren't awake. More dentists are tapping into the practice of sleep apnea appliances, snore guards, and bruxism guards as a means toward trying to improve overall health and life quality. 
When it comes to the TAP Appliance, we found the below video to be a huge help with a lot of our repeated questions regarding protrusive bites, seating the appliance with the hooks, grinding down high spots for the patient's lingual, the AM Aligner, etc. 
Thank you to Airway Management for all of their knowledge in making this video, and their continued support of our fabrication of the TAP appliance.  We are honored to be a Laboratory Resource in any way we can! 
Rx a clear or custom-colored Drake Dream TAP today!

Resin Maryland Bridges

What types of conservative dentistry do you practice?

Let's talk about Maryland Bridges as one option. 
When an implant is contraindicated or rejected by the patient, it can be a great aesthetic solution.  (Ideally for a single maxillary or 2 adjacent mandibular incisors.) Whereas cases involving deep class II or tight occlusion, bruxism, or poor posterior support provide a potentially limited prognosis. 

The prep for these cases is also conservative and minimal!

Reduction is limited to the lingual (at least 0.5 mm.) from adjacent teeth, with 2% divergent of parallel in the Interproximal walls adjacent to the edentulous area being restored. The preparation should cover as much of the lingual surface as possible, terminating 1mm from the incisal edge and 1mm from the tissue.

Once the appliance is complete, the resin retainer wings are prepped for adhesion in the laboratory. After try in and adjustments, clean the retainers, silinate and bond to acid etched enamel with bonding agents and…

Giraffes & Humans

I was reading a little 'Fun Facts' list when I saw GIRAFFES ONLY HAVE BOTTOM TEETH.
I think somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that from past visits to the Zoo, but had never really given it much thought.

Of course I had to research the validity of the statement; it's true(ish).

They only have bottom teeth up front.  That's how, if you've ever been to the Zoo and participated in the feeding, you haven't been bitten!  They have pads on the upper.
However, in the back of their jaw, they do have teeth on the upper and lower.

And although their entire jawbone is not filled with teeth, they still have the same amount as humans - 32!  Can you imagine the eating strength if we had molars just packed in the back like that?

This is where the part about nature comes in that is pretty fascinating. 
Most of the giraffe's dental anatomy takes care of itself and can be explained by it's eating habits. Their molars are a lot taller than that of a human -  theor…

magnets and hinges and dentures, OH MY!

A while back, we made a HINGE denture.
We were presented with a case for a patient with very limited jaw expansion as well as limited hand dexterity.  The combination prevented a conventional denture from being a workable solution.

Never give up though, right?

After research and teamwork from a few of our denture technicians and quality control members, our hinge denture was created.

The maxillary appliance opened and closed on hinges - allowing for a narrow path of insertion and full expansion once inside the mouth.
The mandibular provided a similar hinge and insertion experience with the anterior teeth sliding and anchoring on once in the mouth.

Needless to say, we were thrilled with the design and the opportunity for the patient!  

This is what we come to work for every day.

Each appliance helps in some way - even if it's just a sports guard.
We enjoy what we do!

Never give up, right?....

That's what we said when we heard back from the dentist shortly after delivery to say that the de…